Wednesday, December 21, 2011


I love Melissa McCarthy.  She is so dang funny.  She was on SNL a bit ago.  I can't stand that show (sorry)  but she is a hoot and a half.   I might have posted it already, I don't remember.  Oh well, here is a link.  If do don't crack up, there is something seriously wrong with you.  I heart this bit.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

that time of the year . . . Christmas? Nope. I got my foster care re-licence paperwork in the mail.

It sounds silly, but I am having a hard time with not re-licensing my foster care licence.  I have 9 kids.  I am done.  I am happy with being done.  But when you do something for so long, it is hard to know how not to do it.  10 years is a long time.  My identity is a mom/foster mom.  I can't tell you how wonderful it is to not have all the extra appointments, visits with bio family and case workers.  Not to mention how nice it is to not have tons and tons of people looking over your shoulder.  It is hard enough figuring out the after adoption part.  I spent 10 years with thoughts of reuniting kids.  Then to change my thoughts to forever, it is a bit hard.  It is hard for us to find our place.  I have their bio-families wanting to be back in the kids lives.  For some reason I still email with them.  I can't figure that one out.  I haven't emailed for some time, but I know they would like to hear from me more.  On the other hand, I want to tell them to jump off a cliff.  The kids are mine.  I write this as I cuddle the baby of the family,  well, the baby by 1 min.  He is having a hard time sleeping tonight.  He got his second flu shot. Thank heavens I got baby A back to sleep.  Cross your fingers for this baby. 

Anyways, I guess time will tell what I do with my life.  If you have any life changing ideas, drop me a line.                                                                                                   :)

Grateful - Day 26-30

So I am tired of trying to come up with stuff to write about.  I get ideas all day long, but when I sit down at the computer, my mind is blank.  So, here I sit, 12:55 am, 1 baby finally asleep and baby b still sitting on my lap sucking his thumb and hugging his blanket.  So, here is my last list of gratefuls.

 #26 I am grateful for my DVR.  I am hugging my baby while watching american pickers cuddled under my warm blanket with fuzzy socks on.

#27  I am grateful I figured out how to charge the battery in my favorite camera.  I have been struggling finding a new camera.  So I am happy about that.

#28  I am grateful for IKEA.  I want to marry IKEA.

#29  I am grateful that we sold our old couches and tv.  yeah!!!!

#30  I am grateful for my life.

Have a good night

Monday, December 5, 2011

Grateful - Day 25

I am grateful for Christmas music.

I love random dancing.  It is even better at Christmas time.  Here are a few of our dancing songs.

This Cyndi Lauper song has been my favorite song for years and years. It isn't Christmas time until we have danced our pattooties off to this song.

We love The Muppets and John Denver Christmas CD. I couldn't find the Christmas is Coming song on the internet, but that is totally a cd you should get. Love it (We even had the record when I was growing up. It is a staple in our house).

This is a new favorite, I think we found this last year. It is Donde Esta Santa Claus.

I know this photo of the singers is ridiculous, but I love it.  For some reason it reminds me of my baby brother.  He totally would have posed like that.  Granted, he is married and sort of grown up, but I could see his band doing a cover like that.

We found that one on a Holiday Collection from Kohls. Another one from that Cd is this jason Mraz song. I love Jason Mraz.

I could keep going, but that is what we danced to last night, so there you have it. Turn up the computer and do some random dancing.

Grateful - Day 24

I am grateful for photos.  I love photos.  Here is a link to some of my favorite ones I have taken.  They are on my old blog and I haven't updated them lately, but hope you enjoy.

My photos

Grateful - Day 23

I am grateful for heating blankets.  Why do I live in a cold state.  Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  I love warm blankets.  

Grateful - Day 22

I am grateful for scrapbooking.  I enjoy it.  It is therapy for me.  I haven't been able to do it recently because 9 kids are exhausting.  But I wish I won the lottery so I could go shopping everyday.  Anyway, back on topic.  I love it.  My pages are not award winning, but I love photos and I love seeing them on paper.  I love when the kids sit and look though them.  It will be funny when the kids go off to college, or get married or something, to hand them a carton of scrapbooks.  But it is great therapy.  I love it.

I love my scrapbook area.  Here is a photo of it.

(Keep in mind, this photos is right after it was put together.  Now it looks like a tornado went through it.  There is stuff everywhere.  And cricut stuff everywhere.)

 Here are some awesome rooms.

Grateful - Day 21

I am grateful I am competent.  The most asked question I am asked with 9 kids is . . . drum roll please.  What kind of help do I have?  It kind of gets irritating.  So, I am grateful that me, my family, and I  take care of us.  Now, Faith and Kim did take the babies when we went to Disneyland.  I did chicken out of that.  And if there is something I can't take the kids too, Kim will watch them.  But for the most part it is my poor teenagers that help me out.  I am very thankful for them.  I even just took the babies to the grocery store and the checker was surprised I didn't have someone there to help me.  I laughed.  The babies are the easiest ones.  You strap them in and go.  Granted, they are heavy, but anyway.

And sometimes they get bored, but we survive.  So I am grateful we are a competent family.  

Grateful - Day 20

I am grateful for chocolate covered strawberries.

My favorite food.  Great, now I am hungry.  Uggggg

Friday, December 2, 2011

Grateful - Day 19

I am grateful for books.  I love reading.  I would sit and read all day if I could.  I haven't read much lately, I am reading the Book of Mormon right now and I am determined to finish. (If you would like a copy or to know more about it, click here.)

I haven't even been on goodreads for ages.  I enjoy, check it out and friend me.  I love a good book recommendation.

Melissa's bookshelf: read

Rick Steves' London 2007Fools Rush InThrowawayThe Curious Appearance of Mr. FiddlewitzSyndromeAlison

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Book recommendations, book reviews, quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

Mary Higgins Clark is my all time favorite author.  I need to put meeting her on my bucket list.  I love that she does such a great job writing that I can reread her books and still not remember who did it until the end.  Excelent books.  I also really love Margaret Peterson Haddix.   Other books I loved: Inkheart, Leven Thumps, and Fablehaven.  Who is your favorite author?

Grateful - Day 18

I am thankful for big, thick fluffy socks.

Now I don't have ones quite this big, but . . .
(I think I will have to ask Santa for these puppies.)

I do love my sock like this.